April 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera (44) looks to clear the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Buffalo Sabres won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Jamie McBain And 2nd Round Pick To Buffalo Sabres For Andrej Sekera

The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t trade their first-round pick to help their defense, but they did with their second-rounder.

The Canes traded the 35th pick and Jamie McBain to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Andrej Sekera.

Sekera has flown under the radar in Buffalo, but is a strong defensive player. He’s also mobile, can move the puck and can play over 20 minutes a night. The Slovakia native figures to fit in the Canes’ top four.

Last season, Sekera scored 12 points in 37 games. His career total is 29 points in 76 games.

Jamie McBain was traded after being included in trade rumors at the trade deadline in April. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

But scoring won’t be the 27-year-old’s main prerogative with the Canes. He’ll be relied on to steady the defense and help anchor a pairing with an offensive-defenseman like Joni Pitkanen or Justin Faulk.

Hurricanes’ fans should have seen McBain’s departure coming. There were multiple rumors around the trade deadline that GM Jim Rutherford was attempting to trade him, it just took time to find the right player coming back.

Sekera is also in a great contract, only earning $2.75 million for the next two seasons. McBain will make $1.8 million next season, but only for that season.

The only thing that isn’t great about this trade for the Canes is that the second-round pick may be too much of a bonus to include, but even if the Hurricanes had used that pick on a defenseman, it would have taken a few years for that player to develop.

Maybe it was better for the Hurricanes to acquire a defenseman that will help the team now and for years to come.

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